Los Angeles Bicycle Accidents Lawyer
Urban cycling is experiencing a renaissance in major U.S. cities, and L.A. is no exception. Currently, there are 350 miles of bike paths in the city, including the Los Angeles River Bicycle Path, which runs from Burbank to Long Beach.
However, given L.A.’s extreme traffic density, the city can also be quite dangerous for cyclists.
Bicycle Accidents by the Numbers
Nationwide, bicyclists account for just one-percent of all road traffic. Yet they also account for three-percent of all traffic fatalities. Roughly 50,000 cyclists are injured every year in auto collisions.
The reason why is simple: Although bike lanes and other safety measures have grown more popular in recent years, cyclists have much less protection from other travelers and the surrounding environment. One moment of inattention can have grave and lifelong consequences.
Los Angeles is especially dangerous not only for its traffic congestion, but also for its design. The city’s streets are engineered for cars and designed for maximum traffic flow. The number of bike-specific lanes in L.A. lags other large cities.
Avoiding Cycling Injuries
In order to avoid being seriously hurt in a cycling accident, it’s important to follow basic safety rules, including:
- Wear a safety helmet
- One person per bike
- Have proper reflective and safety gear
- Ride on the right side of the road, with traffic
- Use hand signals
- Be aware of road hazards
If you’ve been injured in a bicycle accident it is crucial to hire an experienced attorney with the knowledge and skill to obtain maximum compensation. Craig Charles Law has a long track record of fighting on behalf of clients injured in bicycle accidents, thus ensuring the best possible outcome for you.
Craig Charles Law has offices located in West Hollywood, El Segundo and San Diego to serve the needs of clients throughout Southern California. We are a gay friendly, LGBTQIA affirming law practice. Call Craig Charles Law today for a free, no obligation consult at 424-343-0660